I’ve worked with Mackenzie a few times and introduced her to other artists. She is still like a statue and a very hard worker. I am more than happy to recommend her to other artists.
Mackenzie is a young opera singer in New York. Originally from Oklahoma, she has Native American ancestry. She moved to the city with her husband, a jazz guitarist. These modern bohemians live the “hipster” life together in Brooklyn. She teaches Pilates and models, while he teaches guitar and plays in bars in the evenings. She’s a Broadway performer, and she dances whenever she can.
She returned briefly to Oklahoma in 2019. Her uncle had recently passed, potentially to COVID complications, so she returned home for the funeral.
She said it was good to visit family, and she was glad to see them, but she couldn’t imagine staying there herself. She was happy to return to the city. There was too much that she would miss. New York was where she could continue her career.
I think New York City is an excellent place for people who know what they want in life. If you do not, life in the city can be utterly demoralizing. Everyone seems to be busy. People seem to complain about how busy they are with a peculiar sense of pride. It is almost as if you are not utterly occupied, then you are doing something wrong. It is easy to find yourself adrift. The city is full of success stories that will invite jealousy or distractions that divert energy. On the other hand, if you have clear goals, like Mackenzie, you will find a niche that works for you. If one does not already exist, with enough work, you can carve it out yourself.